The 2016 campaign has been dominated by explicit sexual content and racially charged rhetoric. Fuming crowds at Donald Trump’s rallies harness their hatred of Hillary Clinton with the chant, “Lock her up.” Clinton, meanwhile, depicts a Trump victory as an apocalyptic event.
No wonder the country is at the end of its rope.
“At this point we are all boiled frogs. We are wondering why our skin is falling off,” said Tommy Vietor, who worked for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and in the White House and now co-hosts the “Keeping it 1600” podcast. “I think when this election ends and people stop for a minute and people actually reflect, they will realize how insane and horrible and unprecedented it really was.”
Election obsession syndrome is taking hold of the country. Its main symptoms are soaring ratings for cable news shows and frequent refreshing of polling and election forecasting websites. With Clinton’s lead over Trump in battleground states shrinking in the final stretch, the next two days promise to be even more nerve-wracking as both sides angle for victory.
The cover of next week’s New Yorker sums up the brittle national mood — especially among fretful liberals — picturing a man on a train reading a newspaper with the headlines “Oh Sweet Jesus, Please God No,” and “Anything But That.”
Even “Saturday Night Live” has had enough
. During the opening sketch Saturday, Alec Baldwin broke out of his Trump impression and turned to Kate McKinnon, who plays Clinton, and said: “I’m sorry, Kate. I just hate yelling this stuff at you like this.”
“Yes, I know, right?” she answered. “This whole election has been so mean.”
“I just feel gross all the time. Don’t you guys feel gross all the time about this?” Baldwin asked the audience.
The pair then ran outside the studio. Baldwin hugged an African-American man and McKinnon embraced a man with a “Make America Great Again” hat who gave her a piggy-back ride while she ate cotton candy. It was a cathartic moment meant to celebrate the diversity of American life.